Billy Hogan, managing director of English football giants Liverpool, has welcomed the formation of a new fan council to improve fan representation at the club.
The new setup will be enshrined in the club’s statutes, with Liverpool also signing a legally binding memorandum of understanding with official supporters’ confidence.
This will mean that fans will have the right to consent on matters such as a pitch move or defection to a league breakaway.
“The idea for the Fan Council came from understanding and recognizing that there was a lack of engagement with supporters on some important issues facing fans and it was something we wanted to address.” , Hogan said.
âThere is a lot of engagement, but it was clear that we needed to address our levels of dialogue and put in place a more formal process.
âAt the end of the day, we’re really proud of where we ended up.â
The Spirit of Shankly fan group was one of the driving forces behind the formation of a Fan Council, with 98.9% of their members voting in favor.
“We have worked very hard as a union to work alongside the club, to hold the club to account but at the same time to work in harmony to try to get the best for the supporters,” said the president of Spirit of Shankly, Joe Blott.
The Fan Council will be made up of ten members of the Spirit of Shankly Committee, as well as six other representatives from other fan organizations, including the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association, Kop Outs, Spion Kop 1906, official Liverpool fan clubs, the Liverpool Women’s Supporters Committee; and Faith and Ethnic Groups.